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Posted on: August 31, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Proposed New Pahrump Flood Map Reflects Changes to Local Flood Risk

PROPOSED NEW PAHRUMP FLOOD MAP REFLECTS CHANGES TO LOCAL FLOOD RISK

Residents and Businesses Encouraged to Attend Open House

Pahrump, NV, 8/31/2012 — Nye County officials and the federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced the release of Pahrump’s new proposed flood maps that depict flood risk across the community. The new proposed flood maps were developed after an extensive, multi-year study of the Pahrump Valley that used state-of-the-art technologies and risk modeling techniques.

The maps, known as a Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM), and related flood risk data and information will be used to update plans to protect the community from flooding, help inform future development and identify changes in flood risks.

Over the past couple of years, Nye County officials have worked closely with FEMA to make sure that these maps are the most accurate picture possible of our flood risk. This information will not only ensure that our homes and businesses are insured appropriately against flooding, but will help officials make more informed decisions about how to protect Pahrump from what might otherwise be devastating events.

FEMA officials state that communities that understand the flood risks they face are in a much better position to take the steps needed to become more resilient. They hope that the residents and business owners in Pahrump use this information to protect themselves, their loved ones and their property from floods.

The new maps are still preliminary and have not yet been officially adopted. Pahrump officials encourage residents and business owners to review the proposed flood maps on the FEMA web site, http://www.r9map.org/Pages/countyPage.aspx?choLoco=84&choProj, to learn about local flood risk and identify any concerns or questions about the information provided. A Public Comment Period and Appeal Period will open today where property owners will be able to submit appeals and comments related to the map’s accuracy. Once these comments are received and addressed, and after a 6 month waiting period, the maps are expected to be adopted. Once the map becomes effective, any related new insurance and floodplain management requirements will take effect.

Open House to Highlight Flood Risk Changes

Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend an open house to be held on September 27, 2012 at the Commissioners' Chambers located at 2011 E. Walt Williams Dr. during the hours of 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to learn how and why the local risk of flooding has changed, how the proposed new flood maps will be used, and the steps they can take to protect themselves from extensive flood damage.

Visit www.FloodSmart.gov or call 1-888-379-9531 to learn more about flood insurance and to use the “Cost of Flooding” tool to see, inch by inch, the potential cost of flood damage.

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